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Undergraduate Core Courses

The Biology Core curriculum consists of the following sequence of four courses. UNM students may log into the courses' web pages.

201L. Molecular and Cell Biology.  (4)

The scientific method,  the role of water in cell biology, carbon and molecular diversity, macromolecules, introduction to metabolism, a tour of cell structures and functions, membrane structure and function, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, cell communication, and the cell cycle. Three lectures, one discussion section. Prerequisites: Chemistry 121L and 123L (or Chem 131L) or AP Chem 3-5. Students who completed AP Chemistry in high school should see the instructor of record or a Biology Department advisor. (See the Math prerequisites for Chem 121L and Chem 131L.) {Fall, Spring}

202L. Genetics.  (4)

Mitosis, meiosis, Mendelian genetics, chromosomes and inheritance, molecular basis of inheritance, genes to proteins, genetic models (viruses and bacteria), eukaryotic genomes, genetic basis of development, and overview of genomes. Three lectures, one discussion section. Prerequisites: Biol 201L, Chem 121 and 123L (or Chem 131L). Pre- or Co-requisite: Chem 122 and 124L (or Chem 132L).{Fall, Spring}

303. Ecology and Evolution.  (3)

Darwinian principles, the origin of the Earth, the fossil record and diversification of ancient life, evolution of populations, the origin of species, phylogenetics, introduction to ecology and the biosphere, behavioral ecology, population ecology, community ecology, ecosystem ecology, and conservation biology. Three lectures. Prerequisites: Biol 201L, Biol 202L, Chem 121 and 123L (or Chem 131L), Chem122 and 124L (or Chem 132L). Pre- or co-requisites: Biol 303L and Math 180 (or Math 162). {Fall, Spring}

303L. Ecology and Evolution Laboratory.  (1)

Pre- or co-requisite: Biol. 303. {Fall, Spring}

304. Plant and Animal Form and Function.  (3)

Introduction to plant systems, including: structure, growth, transport, nutrition, reproduction, development, and control systems. Introduction to animal systems, including: nutrition, circulation, reproduction, development, and, immune, control and nervous systems. Three lectures. Prerequisites: Biol 303 and 303L and Chem 122 and 124L (or Chem 132L). Pre- or co-requisite: Biol 304L and Math 180 or Math 162. {Fall, Spring}

304L. Plant and Animal Form and Function Laboratory.  (1)

Laboratory for Biol 304. Prerequisite: Biol 303L. Pre- or corequisite: Biol 304. {Fall, Spring}

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191. Biodiversity. (2)

A broad survey of biodiversity—past, present, and future—with an emphasis on major groups in the tree of life (e.g., insects, plants, vertebrates, fungi, bacteria, etc.) and how humans interact with Earth’s biodiversity. Biodiversity is explored as it relates to Earth's history, mass extinctions, conservation, economics, ecology, evolution, and human society. Also explores ways in which biodiversity is catagorized (taxonomy and systematics) and cataloged for study (museums).